Confusion over Xinjiang Trials

The BBC writes that local officials have expressed skepticism about earlier reports that more than 200 people would go on trial this week for the violence in Urumqi in July:

The local government has questioned media reports that 200 suspects, far more than initially thought, will face trial, some as early as this week.

An official has now said the number is closer to 80, and no date has been set.

Correspondents say it is highly unusual for information released by China’s state media to be subsequently denied.

The date of the Xinjiang trials is being closely watched both in China and abroad, because of their sensitive nature.

August 25, 2009 10:07 AM
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